Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 32 | Page 25

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// TRENDING BEYOND PRODUCTIVITY: THE HUMAN SIDE OF THE DIGITAL WORKPLACE QUANTIFIED A new study from Aruba reveals a gap between the performance of employees working in highly digitalised workplaces and those that do not. Gamal Emara, Aruba’s country manager for UAE, says organisations in the Middle East could benefit from appreciating how digitally-driven workplaces can increase productivity and improve job satisfaction. E mployees who work in digital workplaces are not only more productive but also more motivated, have higher job satisfaction, and report an overall better sense of well-being, according to a new global study from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. The study, The Right Technologies Unlock the Potential of the Digital Workplace, reveals both the business and human benefits of more digitally-driven workplaces, and how companies that are less technologically advanced are at risk of falling behind the competition and not attracting top talent. It also notes that companies must be vigilant as more digital-savvy employees are taking greater risks with data and information security. Key themes and findings The study of 7,000 employees across 15 countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), revealed a clear chasm in employee performance and sentiment between more advanced digital workplaces and those that employ digital technology to a lesser degree. A number of key themes emerged: • Beyond productivity, digital tools unlock human benefits: ‘Digital “ OUR RESEARCH SHOWS THAT DIGITAL WORKPLACE TRENDS IN UAE ARE IN LINE WITH GLOBAL TRENDS. INTELLIGENTCIO 25